Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy beeryum. Deep brown opaque body, medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, breads, prune, raisin, marshmallow, and soy. Classic Baltic Porter/Imperial Stout. Chocolatey body with notes of soy, toast, raisin, and prune. Full-bodied, rich, and complex. Belongs in the Baltic Porter classification, of course.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 On tap at the brewery on 02/28/2009. Dark black body with a large creamy brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma. Sweet dark chocoalte and roast flavor with lots of hops. medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/8/3/15 - 3.8
11/18/2005: Dark brown head with a thick black color. This beer has a sweet aroma and a very chocolate taste with a smokey aftertaste. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.0
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 This beer is badass, Dark black, nice brown head, awesome dark chocolate flavor and pretty sweet also, this is a new top 5 for me, just wish I could afford it all the time, I bet it kicks ass on draught, and it does the hops taste so damn fresh like there in the keg.
Re-rate. While the chocolate and defintiely northern brewer hops are there the sugary sweetness and mollasses like bite it gives kinda drives it off, way better on draught.
dondk (28) - leetsdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Brown with Dark Tan Creamy Head, very thick almost syrup like. Smooth feel and very robust. Lots of smokey/bitter aftertaste.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an ink black color, with a nice creamy tan head that lasted and left wonderful lacing. At the nose, big hop aroma with chocolate and light alcohol. The flavor was a mild chocolate and coffee, but also that unknown bitter hoppy taste found in all Flying Dogs. Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. Iím not sure of that Flying Dog taste though. Overly hoppy for a Porter especially an "imperial".
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown with Dark Tan Creamy Head. Chocolate, Roasts and Tinges of Hops on the Nose. Big Chocolate Roasts. Creamy Mouthfeel. Roasted Dry Ending. Bitter as Well with a Delayed Warming. Very Good, But Like Their Other Brews, a Bit on the Raw Side. Aging Would be Beneficial.
fly (1427) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am weak and without a mind of my own. I am easily influenced by gonzo journalists and their crony artists. Also to friends bearing gifts of imperial porters. My taste buds are to be questioned when I find such muck as this to be worthy and praised. That it was full bodied, deep, and full of pleasant flavors, some bitter, some roasted, some alcohol warmth and all working well enough in harmony .. I was well pleased.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep soy-sauce color with a quickly dissipating thin ecru head. Nose is of roasted malt, hops, and chocolate. Good mouthfeel, just a little thin. Chocolate and malt goodness. Finishes a little bitter. Just doesnít compete well with other imperials out there.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Bottled at the Chris O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A black coloured beer with a slight tan coloured head. The aroma has coffee and lightly roasted malts together with some berry fruits. The taste is full-bodied with dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Tongue tingling, strong and tasty. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.Score 4.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 4.0 and 3.9. Average becomes 3.9
harrisoni (14856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. The label on the bottle sparked an interesting debate over Hunter S Thompson and is he over-rated. Black beer with farily non existant head. Nice aroma and goodish balance. Chocolate orange and coffee dominate throughout. Pretty good, but as Duff says, this lacks a bit of the intensity you would expect from an Imperial